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Willie K performs for the NBA!

Willie K showed the NBA (and all those watching) how we do it Hawaiian Style! Check out the performance here.

Islands’ stars shone brightly in 2016

By Wayne Harada, Special to the Honolulu Star Advertiser It’s time for the 2016 Waynie Awards, this column’s annual retrospective of the past year: >> Entertainer of the Year: A posthumous nod to Jimmy Borges, the jazz giant who died May 30 at age 80. He lived his last year with distinction and honor, earning […]

On the Scene with Marco Olivari

By John Berger for the Honolulu Star Advertiser At the time he was general manager of the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Marco Olivari was honeymooning in Waikiki when he learned the company would be opening a club in Honolulu. Soon afterward he was named G.M. of Blue Note Hawaii at the […]

When Davell met Willie: A collaborative home run

By Wayne Harada for the Honolulu Star Advertiser.   When New Orleans and New York favorite Davell Crawford teamed up with Hawaii native Willie K Monday night (Sept. 12) at the Blue Note Hawaii club, expectation and uncertainty were common denominators. Crawford and Willie were willing participants in a theoretical match — what happens when […]

Crowds brave rainy conditions to attend annual Ukulele Festival

Article by KHON2 News When it started, Roy Sakuma says no one was interested in the ukulele and then 46 years later on Sunday, look at the Ukulele Festival now. Willie K was one of the 15 headliners at the Kapiolani Park bandstand. There were performers from Australia, California, Japan, Korea, plus hundreds of Hawaii […]

From blues to comedy, Willie K’s weekly show at golf club is jam-packed

Perched at the edge of the West Maui Mountains, overlooking the valley below, Waikapu’s King Kamehameha Golf Club offers a spectacular setting for any entertainment event, let alone the mighty, extraordinarily talented Willie K. “I’m still flying high from the first show there,” Willie enthuses. “The location is great, it’s an upgrade, it’s central, it’s […]

VIDEO: Willie K and Steven Tyler Singing Sweet Emotion

Willie K is joined by his good friend Steven Tyler at the 2013 Willie K’s Blues Fest. (Mahalo to Don Scott for the video!)

Willie K’s BBQ Blues Festival

By JON WOODHOUSE, For The Maui News Willie K’s first BBQ Blues Festival was one of the highlights of 2013, and it looks like the second annual event coming up on Jan. 11 will be even more memorable. Featuring headliners Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top and Mississippi blues legend Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, along with […]

Willie K’s BluesFest featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

Willie K’s Bluesfest was recently mentioned in a Rolling Stone magazine article (yes, THAT Rolling Stone Magazine…) The article talks about a few certain members of music royalty that were at the BluesFest. You’ll have to click here to read the full article!

Canadian Tour Cancelled for August & September 2013



Willie K releases a new CD titled “Twisted Ukulele” and it’s on sale now! This album is a must-have for Willie K fans. Hear Willie K play it all from Sophisticated Hula to classic covers like Fly Me To The Moon. Each song has Willie K’s signature style stamped on it, and is accompanied by […]

More press and a new trailer for GET A JOB movie

Monday, Jan, 7, 2013; 5:17 PM; – by Movies News Desk  for GET A JOB,” the award-winning motion picture comedy produced entirely in Hawaii which stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, and many of the island’s top entertainers and musicians, released to DVD on November 1, 2012. The Motion Picture Soundtrack by the […]

“Get A Job” movie goes global

by Jacek Adamski for   HONOLULU (Dec. 3, 2012) – The award winning comedy “Get A Job” with the giant soundtrack was filmed entirely in Hawai’i. Every state across the country wants film production for their localities because of the economic impact. Hawai’i offers some tax incentives just like many other state do. It […]

Willie K’s pursuit of opera entertains and inspires

BY STEVEN MARK / original article at the Star Advertiser. The remarkable musical career of Willie Kahaiali’i — known as Willie K — spans a range so broad it seems to reach from the deepest bass to the sweetest soprano. From traditional and contemporary Hawaiian to blues and rock, he’s done it all and done […]

Uncle Willie K’s Blues on the Blue BBQ Jam!

Uncle Willie K’s Blues on the Blue BBQ Jam! January 12, 2013 at Mulligans on the Blue.

Get A Job DVD and Soundtrack Available

Order DVD: Order Soundtrack: “GET A JOB!,” the hilarious, heartfelt motion picture comedy starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom was honored with one of the top prizes as “Best Comedy” at the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival held June 22-26 In Detroit, Michigan. In May, the motion picture was awarded “Best Hawaiian Feature,” and […]

Willie K Using Apogee Mic

The folks at Apogee recently filmed Willie K playing ukulele to demonstrate the quality of their microphones. As always, Willie sounded great!

More pics of the Willie K Ukulele

The Willie K Signature Ukulele looks and sounds great! The superb sound a stylish looks make this ukulele by Oscar Schmidt one of a kind. Pick one up yourself at Lahaina Custom Guitars & Repairs (808-662-0220) in Lahaina, HI and other fine music stores throughout Hawai’i & the mainland USA. Soon you’ll be able to […]

Willie K on The Big Screen!

Maui’s Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku will be screening “GET A JOB” co-starring Willie K! The screenings will run from August 31 – September 8, 2012. Tickets for all screenings are $10 (no advance sales), and show times are below… see you there! Friday August 31 – (5 & 7pm) Saturday September 1 – (1, […]

Wailuku First Friday was a rock’n!

Published July 23, 2012 from Wailuku First Friday Link to article Willie K did his range of bests, including a song he sang for the Dalai Lama. He shared stories of his life and travels and we got to hear about the kind and generous side of a superstar. Did you know that Willie K […]

Congratulations Willie K!

Congratulations to Willie K & Warehouse Blues Band… winners of the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Rock Album of the Year! You guys ROCK!!!

Mauka to Makai

The Mauka to Makai event this past Saturday (4/14/12) was a big success! The Willie K Ohana was on hand and Willie K provided some sounds for everyone to groove to. Stay tuned to this website for more Willie K action in the community!

Willie K Named CBHL Spokesperson

The Coalition for the Betterment of Hawaii’s Ocean Life has recently named Willie K as their spokesperson! The coalition was formed to help protect Hawaiian waters from tsunami debris originating from Japan. Although the surging waters have subsided, a new challenge begins as debris makes its way closer and closer to the islands of Hawaii. […]

Willie K Signature Ukuleles

The BIG NEWS in the Willie K Ohana is the release of a Willie K Signature Ukulele! It’s made by Oscar Schmidt and will be available for uke lovers all over the world! Below is the press release from Oscar Schmidt. Congratulations Willie K! *** Oscar Schmidt is proud to release the OUWK100K, Willie K’s […]

West Coast Tour in February!

West Coast Tour February 2012 Attention all Willie K fans on the West Coast: We’re coming to YOU! Willie K will play 3 shows in California and one in Oregon this coming February (2012). Come hear Willie K play all your favorite tunes as well as new material from the latest album “Warehouse Blues”. West […]

New Video

Here’s some footage from Willie K’s Grand Celebration on Maui in 2011. We had much to celebrate as it was Willie K’s birthday and CD Release Party!

Old Friends w/ Willie K

From > Old Friends Nov. 09 2011 Willie K by Chris Fleck At a recent performance on Maui, a fan told musician Willie K (pictured at left with daughter Antoinette) that what impresses him so much is that he is constantly reinventing himself, a comment that Willie K couldn’t have agreed with more. “You […]

New Album Available!

October 2011 Willie K’s new album “Warehouse Blues” is now available! Click on the music page to hear a demo and order your CD today! As the album title implies, you can expect lots of high-energy blues – Willie K style! We’re celebrating the album’s release (among other things) with ‘A Grand Celebration Willie K […]

More Movie Roles

August 2011 Willie K makes an appearance in the upcoming movie, You May Not Kiss The Bride. Filming began in Hawaii back in March, and there’s lots of excitement surrounding the movie! Here’s some of the facts: Directed by Rob Hedden. With Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Vinnie Jones. The story is about a mobster who […]

“Get A Job” garners another award

JUNE 29, 2011 “GET A JOB” AWARDED BEST COMEDY AT 2011 DETROIT WINDSOR FILM FESTIVAL “GET A JOB!,” the hilarious, heartfelt motion picture comedy starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom was honored with one of the top prizes as “Best Comedy” at the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival held June 22-26 In Detroit, Michigan. […]